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Workers in Hard Times: A Long View of Economic Crises

Leon Fink, Joan Sangster, and Joseph A. McCartin


Seeking to historicize today's “Great Recession,” this volume of essays uses examples from North America, South America, Europe, Asia, and Australia to situate the current economic crisis and its impact on workers in the context of previous abrupt shifts in the modern-day capitalist marketplace. The book argues that factors such as race, sex, and state intervention have mediated both the effect of economic depressions on workers' lives and workers' responses to those depressions. Further, the direction of influence between politics and economic upheaval, as well as between workers and the welf ... More

Keywords: Great Recession, economic crisis, capitalist marketplace, neoliberalism, worker status, worker agency, employed, unemployed, welfare state, workers

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780252038174
Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017 DOI:10.5406/illinois/9780252038174.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Leon Fink, editor
University of Illinois at Chicago

Joan Sangster, editor
Trent University

Joseph A. McCartin, editor
Georgetown University

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Front Matter

Part I Depressions and Working-Class Lives

1 Marching under Flags Black and Red

Gaetan Heroux and Bryan D. Palmer

Part II Economic Dislocation as Political Crisis

5 The Ordeal of Eugene Debs

Scott Reynolds Nelson

Part III Social-Welfare Struggles from the Liberal to the Neoliberal State

Part IV Workers and the Shakeup of the New World Order

9 Want amidst Plenty

Sean Cadigan

11 Transformative Power

Hilary Wainwright